Armed robbers steal Stradivarius from US concertmaster
A precious violin known as the Lipinski Stradivarius was stolen Monday night from Frank Almond as he left a recital at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. Police believe this was a targeted theft. The robbers felled Almond with a stun-gun around 10.30 pm before making off with his instrument. He has been given the week off to recover from […]
Is the new Sibelius 7.5 any good?
Avid, the owners of Sibelius composing software whose development team decamped en masse in November 2012, has rushed out an upgrade to the programme to show they are still interested in taking it forward. ‘The company felt it was doing everything possible to communicate to the public that its developers were working on a new release,’ […]
Five stars for ‘most boring composer’?
It surprised me, too. The adjective most readily connected with Paul Hindemith is ‘boring’. The nickname is Windy Hindy. The German composer, so proficient he could compose a piece to order in 30 minutes, suffers from a reputation for being too clever by half and not feeling a thing. A kind of Max Reger without […]
A frail Gerard Mortier ascends Brokeback Mountain
The former director of the Teatro Real in Madrid, battling pancreatic cancer, will attend tonight’s world premiere of the Charles Wuorinen opera that he commissioned on the tale of two loving cowboys. photo (c) El Mundo/AFP l video narrated by Charles Wuorinen in English, Spanish subtitles. Brokeback Mountain will be screened online for worldwide viewing […]
London orch sacks manager
Players in the financially troubled London Mozart Players have decided to run the show themselves in the hope of saving it from the rocks. They’re a good band, but there’s not enough work to go around the proliferation of chamber-sized orchs in town, some of which get by without paying the players. And local authority […]
Juilliard dean dies
We have mournful news of the death (on Sunday Jan. 26) of violinist Stephen Clapp, a Dorothy DeLay student who became Dean of the Juilliard School, 1994-2007. He was 73. Stephen was a member of the Oberlin Trio with cellist Andor Toth Jr. and pianist Joseph Schwartz. Funeral Services will take place: Saturday, February 1st at […]
What do they pay head of music at the Barbican?
Not a lot. Job specs and salary for Angela Dixon’s successor are attached here.
Outrage in Italy as #1 music store becomes yet another Prada
‘Ahhh this is unbelievable !!!!!!!’ cry our friends in Milano. ‘The oldest, largest Ricordi shop in Milano, HOME of Ricordi, in the Galleria, has shut down to become ANOTHER Prada fashion shop! This was THE music shop of Milano in the heart of the city. ‘ A conductor adds: ‘It happen to me at least there […]
Power of protest: Scotsman reinstates classical reviews
Following the outcry generated by our posting at the weekend, the newspaper has undergone a change of heart. Here’s a letter from protestor Tommy Smith: “Dear Supporters of ‘Review all Genres of Music’, “When I departed home this morning the petition was quiescent at 442 and my bones were unsettled. Having just returned from teaching […]
Turn, turn, turn: Pete Seeger is gone
Godfather of the 1960s folk revolution, Pete Seeger who has died at 94, was a lifelong social activist who saw no barriers between the music he wrote and sang and the struggle for class and racial equality that he waged. If I Had a Hammer and Where Have All the Flowers Gone were manifestos for […]